Accessing the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) Synthesis through Gmrt Maptool

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Vicki Lynn Ferrini, John J Morton, Benjamin Barg and Suzanne M Carbotte, Lamont-Doherty Earth Obs, Palisades, NY, United States
The Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) Synthesis (http://gmrt.marine-geo.org) is a dynamically maintained global multi-resolution synthesis of terrestrial and seafloor elevation data maintained as both images and gridded data values as part of the IEDA Marine Geoscience Data System. GMRT seamlessly brings together a variety of elevation sources, and includes ship-based multibeam sonar collected throughout the global oceans that is processed by the GMRT Team and is gridded to 100-m resolution. New versions of GMRT are released twice each year, typically adding processed multibeam data from ~80 cruises per year. GMRT grids and images can be accessed through a variety of tools and interfaces including GeoMapApp (http://www.geomapapp.org) the GMRT MapTool (http://www.marine-geo.org/tools/maps_grids.php), and images can also be accessed through a Web Map Service.

We have recently launched a new version of our web-based GMRT MapTool interface, which provides custom access to the gridded data values in standard formats including GeoTIFF, ArcASCII and GMT NetCDF. Several resolution options are provided for these gridded data, and corresponding images can also be generated. Coupled with this new interface is an XML metadata service that provides attribution information and detailed metadata about source data components (cruise metadata, sensor metadata, and full list of source data files) for any region of interest. Metadata from the attribution service is returned to the user along with the requested data, and is also combined with the data itself in new Bathymetry Attributed Grid (BAG) formatted files.